A new display of artwork by Edward Chell opened in our Natural History Gallery last week.
Along with painted plant silhouette panels, the display features objects from our collections with inspired Edward's art.
One of these is a book of cyanotypes by Anna Atkins. Only one page of the book can be displayed at a time (due to light sensitivity and also practically). There is also a large porcelain dish from China.
We wanted to show more pages from the book, as well as show our visitors more details about the dish.
Our website gives us the tools for that. We have:
- a slideshow story showing more pages from Anna Atkins book of cyanotypes
- more details about the dish
Earlier this year, we blogged about putting QR codes into our new Natural History Gallery displays as a way of testing these out. So for Edward Chell's display, we thought we would try another option: NFC tags.
NFC tags are small chips with information that can be read by smartphones simply by touch (they work in the same kind of way as London's Oyster cards). Our two tags bring visitors to the two links above.
We're displaying these tags along with a short cut web address - for those devices that don't use NFC technology.
Like QR codes, there are pros and cons to using NFC tags (pros: they're cheap, easy to implement, nifty; cons: do people know what they are, they don't work on all phones).
Overall, we're intriged to see how well these will be used - we'll let you know what we find.